Melancholic Dual Format
Action / Thriller


Winner – Best Director, Tokyo Film Festival

Winner – Best Debut Feature, Udine Far East Film Festival

Winner – Audience Award, Japan Cuts Film Festival

Winner – Audience Award, Nippon Connection

Winner – Audience Award, Asian Pop-Up Cinema

Winner – Jury Award, Camera Japan

Despite having graduated from the prestigious Tokyo University, Kazuhiko is unemployed and living with his parents without any plans for the future. Everything changes, however, when he takes up a job at a local bathhouse and discovers that it is used by the yakuza as a convenient place for executions and corpse disposal.

Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival: Japanese Cinema Splash, this auspicious debut from writer/director Seiji Tanaka features an ingenious script full of unexpected shifts in genre and tone, effortlessly swinging between black comedy, coming-of-age romance and crime thriller.

Production Year: 2018
Region Code: B
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 114 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colour: Colour
Director Seiji Tanaka
Cast Yoji Minagawa
Cast Yoshitomo Isozaki
Cast Mebuki Yoshida


  • Behind the Scenes
  • Q&A with director and cast
  • Melancholic Short Film

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